SACSC COVID-19 Lockdown Update

SACSC supports the President’s directives and initiatives with the priority of minimising the spread of COVID-19 and hence saving lives.

The health and safety of our customers, retailers, employees and all involved in the shopping centre industry is of utmost priority. The SACSC is committed to working with the shopping centre industry to promote a safe environment for the consumer, who requires only ESSENTIAL services during this lockdown period.

The government has clearly indicated that the intention of the lockdown is to restrict and minimise movement of people.


From midnight on Thursday 26 March until midnight on Thursday 16 April, all South Africans will have to stay at home. Public movement permitted for: Seeking medical care - Buying groceries - Collecting social grants - Access banking services - Visit pharmacy - Getting Petrol.

Categorisation of ESSENTIAL GOODS and SERVICES


  • Any food product, including non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Animal food Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any food product.
  • Retailers that remain open need to ensure 1m2 space between customers.


  • Toilet paper, sanitary pads & tampons and condoms.
  • Hand sanitiser, disinfectants, soap, alcohol, household cleaning products and personal protective equipment.
  • Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any of the above.






1.) Any retailer trading may not trade in any NON-ESSENTIAL products/services listed. 2.) Retailers who choose to trade need to comply with specified safety measures for staff and customers. 3.) All trading or operating under essential goods and services must have a certificate or letter from the CEO, together with their ID in order to be able to move during lockdown.

CLICK HERE for further information on item 3 above, as per Govt Press Release.

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